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Comfrey Data Battle -- Or is Comfrey safe to eat?

 
M Marx
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http://www.comfreycentral.com/

I don't know -- and have no opinion as to whether it is wise or unwise to eat it since I have only recently found out about this plant.
After mentioning comfrey's edibility to someone, I was sent this link.
Seems data is inconclusive?
Any non-anecdotal thoughts?
I know in the video Paul posted one man mentions a Dr's study.
Thanks a Heap!
 
P Thickens
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M Marx wrote:http://www.comfreycentral.com/

I don't know -- and have no opinion as to whether it is wise or unwise to eat it since I have only recently found out about this plant.
After mentioning comfrey's edibility to someone, I was sent this link.
Seems data is inconclusive?
Any non-anecdotal thoughts?
I know in the video Paul posted one man mentions a Dr's study.
Thanks a Heap!


Comfrey has been implicated in at least 3 deaths. Toxicity has been found in both blood and liver in non-human trials.

Many folks point out that anecdotal evidence shows a lot of people use it all the time just fine. This is true, but a lot of people doing something doesn't mean that something is right. I'm sure you can think of examples of this.

Many folks point out that people used comfrey for thousands of years. This is true, but a history of practice doesn't mean that practice is beneficial. I'm sure you can think of examples.

Comfrey has good and bad points, like most herbs. The best thing, I think, is to read the evidence and decide for yourself what you're going to do. I have liver AND cancer problems in my family history already, so I probably won't be touching the stuff with a ten-foot-pole!
 
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i have read enough negative to avoid eating it myself..no offense to those that choose to eat..

it has enough other good uses ..so I'm not putting it in the mouth at this point.

there is plenty of other food to eat and it is a good dynamic accumulator and mulch plant..so I still plant it for those reasons..
 
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